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FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 7/8 – 7/14

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Monday: Planned rest day

Tuesday: Another rest day (Felt like I was coming down with something. I’m pretty sure it ended up being allergies)

Met some friends for some seafood at one of my fave places to eat during summertime in Minneapolis — Sea Salt!

Wednesday: Rest day

Rest day but I did work both jobs on Wednesday. It’s a sure fire way to make sure I get in my 10,000 steps!

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Thursday: 6 miles. 9:53, 8:49, 8:49, 8:41, 8:41, 9:31

My training schedule called for a one mile warm up with four miles at 8:40-8:50 pace before a one mile cool down. Nailed it!

Friday: one hour personal training session

Nothing too crazy today — upper body on the KrankCycle and using dumbbells. Did legs using the Pilates Reformer. Lots of glute and hamstring work! Felt fantastic afterwards.

After work it was time for the Basilica Block Party!

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Thanks, Mandy, for bringing me as your date!

Love the view of Mpls in the background.

Love the view of Mpls in the background.

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Food from Andrew Zimmern's food truck. M and I split the spicy peanut noodles

Food from Andrew Zimmern’s food truck. M and I split the spicy peanut noodles

Mmmm, corn dogs. Oh and the free beer I won via Twitter!

Mmmm, corn dogs. Oh and the free beer I won via Twitter!

Matty N. didn’t disappoint. We also caught some of ZZ Ward, Father John Misty, Family of the Year and Grace Potter’s sets. Fun night!

Saturday: 10.15 mile bike ride (to and from work)

What a s*** show trying to get to work. I left super early because I knew that the road closures due to the Life Time Triathlon meant that I might run into some obstacles getting to work. I rode my bike and didn’t make it too far before I came upon what I thought was a little puddle and ended up biking through at least a foot high of standing water. (My shoes/feet were wet during my entire shift. Awesome.) We had another big storm early in the morning so a lot of the bike path was flooded — including part of what was supposed to be the long course for the triathlon. I guess they ended up only letting people race on the short course.

I opted for higher ground and rode on the street to make my way over to the lake where my job is located. As I got closer, I saw nothing but barricades. For about 30 minutes, I tried figuring out how to get to work (I could see the building from where I was, but just couldn’t get there!) Finally, I freaked out on someone and they escorted me through the transition area and to work. And I was only a few minutes late!

After I got home from work I changed and showered and got ready for our friends’ wedding reception! Since I had to work, I missed the actual wedding, but I met up with J and some of our friends for a fun night of drinks and a delicious dinner.

I had the cow.

I had the cow.

All the drinks.

All the drinks.

Sunday: 12.01 in 1:56:53.

Wow — what a difference a week can make. This run felt relatively effortless, compared to the awful 11.18 I did last Sunday in 2:07:54. And this is officially the first long run I’ve done since I’ve started marathon training that I’ve done at the “correct” pace. My long runs are supposed to be at 9:40 – 9:50 pace and today’s run was done at 9:44 pace. Hooray! Soon they need to be done at 9:20-9:40 pace though…

I finally dragged myself out of bed right before 9 a.m. since it was a late night at the wedding. My foot is especially bad first thing in the morning (hello, PF!) and so I was dreading what I figured would be another bad run. (which I realize is a great way to set myself up, mentally) I headed out the door with my 20 oz. insulated Polar water bottle (it was almost 80 degrees and 53 humidity). During my warm up I did some form drills which I’m convinced help make this a successful run. I say it all the time, but I really need to be better about doing these more often.

The 2.3 miles to the gym were pretty uneventful — I was feeling good and the splits came in at 9:46, 9:34

Once I got to the gym I refilled my water bottle and hopped on a treadmill with a TV. Fashion Police was on — perfect. Besides having a hard time getting my body temperature regulated from going from outside to indoors with AC, it went pretty well. Splits — 9:50, 9:50, 9:50, 9:50, 9:50, 9:41, 9:41. I took two GU Chomps (watermelon flavored, btw) at mile 4 (which was actually mile 6.3 overall) and the other two a couple of miles later. When I was done, I filled up my water bottle again and headed home.

It had definitely gotten a bit hotter since I had last been outside, but it wasn’t unbearable — another uneventful couple of miles home (9:23, 9:55). That run was just what I needed to gain a little confidence back.

Post-run protein.

Post-run protein.

Then before heading to work, Mandy and I went running shoe shopping at a new running store that I’d been itching to check out: Mill City Running. I plan to do a full review of the store soon, but let me tell you — it’s awesome! Mandy walked out with sweet pair of Newtons and I’m going back soon to try on a few shoes they had to order more of my size in.

Gorgeous store.

Gorgeous store.

Busy, busy weekend! What’d you do this weekend?

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10 thoughts on “FAB Fitness: weekly workouts 7/8 – 7/14

  1. Have you seen a physio therapist for your foot??????

    • I’m actually seeing an orthopaedic doc in a couple of weeks and will likely need PT (I’m guessing)! Bah.

      • In a few years I can help you with that 🙂 I love reading your training posts. They’re so inspiring! I’m on week 3 of couch to 5k (I’ve never run in my life!). It’s killing me but it’s slowly getting better lol

      • Yessssss!

        And that’s awesome! Glad to hear it’s getting better 🙂 We should run a race together sometime.

  2. i love the name of that seafood restaurant – sea salt! how cute! and i love salt and seafood haha.

    • Same! While their fish tacos are simply amazing, I’m sometimes tempted by the sinfully delicious crawfish po’ boy….

  3. Sure hate it when my shoes get wet and have to spend the entire day at school with wet feet. Sooo uncomfortable. I’ve never been to a running store before, looks awesome, can’t wait to read the review!

  4. Awesome long run, friend! Such a confidence booster!

    Ugh… that bike ride to work… what a mess! Glad you made it on time! I’m sure driving would have taken twice as long.

    We have yet to make it to Sea Salt this summer… mus go soon! And, Mill City Running looks so cool!

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